Thirty two Kenyans are among the 157 passengers killed in the Ethiopian Airlines plane that crashes earlier today.
Kenya’s Transport Minister James Macharia confirmed this at a press conference in Nairobi today. Seventeen Ethiopians are also among the passengers that lost their lives in the crash.
We are saddened by the news of an Ethiopian Airlines passenger aircraft that is reported to have crashed 6 minutes after takeoff en route to Kenya. My prayers go to all the families and associates of those on board.
— Uhuru Kenyatta (@UKenyatta) March 10, 2019
US aircraft maker Boeing has issued a statement related to the crash.
In its statement, the firm noted that it is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of the passengers and crew on Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302, a 737 MAX 8 airplane.
“We extend our heartfelt sympathies to the families and loved ones of the passengers and crew on board and stand ready to support the Ethiopian Airlines team. A Boeing technical team is prepared to provide technical assistance at the request and under the direction of the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board,” the aircraft manufacturer noted.
— Boeing Airplanes (@BoeingAirplanes) March 10, 2019
Other nationalities affected in the crash include US, Canada, Italy, China, Dutch, France, UK, Slovakia among others.